Serving you better together
Serving you better together
Celebrating One Year of Serving You Better Together!

Read a Message for the Holidays from our CEO

What a beautiful and monumentous year - with so many more milestones to come! 

Empty Bowls 2022

On Thursday, December 1, we gathered for one of Catholic Family Center’s most cherished traditions! Now, as a merged agency, Catholic Charities Family and Community Services hosted the 19th edition of the Empty Bowls fundraiser at the Kodak Center in Rochester. Over 350 people turned out to help us in our effort to end hunger. 
Turkey Distribution

Turkey Distribution

It was a special Thanksgiving here at CCFCS! For the 12th year, a generous donation from Woodcliff Hotel & Spa enabled us to provide 350 turkeys to our clients. Also, thanks to another generous donation from the Small Business Council, we distributed 150 boxes of non-perishable food items. Many thanks to all who helped provide a Thanksgiving meal for hundreds of families.
Ukraine Update

Ukraine Update

The Bureau of Refugee Services at the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance has awarded CCFCS $776,328 to help Ukrainians who have fled their homeland. This new funding - under the U.S. Uniting for Ukraine program - will be used by our Refugee Resettlement Program to help displaced Ukrainians. Rochester has one of the largest Ukrainian communities in New York and is one of the top 20 largest American metro areas participating in the U4U program. Since April 2022, CCFCS has helped more than 400 Ukrainian individuals who have fled the war, and we expect to help resettle hundreds more in the coming months.
Supporting Children with Complex Trauma

Supporting Children with Complex Trauma

The care managers of our Children’s Health Homes (CHH) Program recently demonstrated the compassion that is a hallmark of this program. A single mother of a two-year-old boy with several serious and chronic medical conditions was referred to CHH in mid-November. At the intake meeting, CHH staff determined the mom did not have a car seat or stroller to use when getting her child to medical appointments. Nor did she have any family or peer support. Within a week, staff delivered a stroller, car seat, hygiene products, and household cleaning items to her home. This is just one example of the work of our CHH staff, which assesses immediate needs and takes action to connect children to essential services.
To read more about how CCFCS supports children with complex trauma, read here.
New Housing for Senior Living

New Housing for Seniors

This month, construction begins on new senior housing made possible with the help of an ESSHI grant from CCFCS. The project, developed by Rochester’s Cornerstone Group, will include a 4-story building at the site of the Marketplace Mall in Henrietta. Marketplace Senior Apartments will be independent living, but 34 of the 150 residents will receive services and support to help them succeed and age in place. The apartments are expected to be completed in the spring of 2024.
CCFCS Celebrates UN Day and Refugee Resettlement

CCFCS Celebrates UN Day and Refugee Resettlement

In honor of United Nations Day on October 24, CCFCS took part in a screening and panel discussion at the Little Theatre in Rochester for the new documentary, “Utica: The Last Refuge.” The film explores refugee resettlement in Utica, New York, and the positive impact on that city’s local economy.
CCFCS joined eight other local refugee service agencies to share information and services with more than 250 in attendance. Getachew (GG) Beshire, CCFCS' Director of Refugee, Immigration & Employment, was one of four panelists to be interviewed by moderator Jim Memmott of the Democrat & Chronicle. 
New Housing for Senior Living

Share the Joy

This holiday season, CCFCS was able to fulfill wish lists for more than 2000 clients and their families. That’s a record number, and it wouldn’t have been possible without our generous donors.  Thank you!

Thank you for taking the time to catch up with us!

As we reflect on the past year and the historic merger of Catholic Family Center and Catholic Charities Community Services, I am especially grateful for your support! Now and always, CCFCS is ready to serve all who turn to us when they find themselves most vulnerable. May you have a blessed and peaceful holiday season!  
Lori VanAuken

President & CEO 
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